Climate change: an “almost critical” situation in the Outaouais

Climate change: an

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The largest landowner in the Ottawa-Gatineau region could soon be overwhelmed by the consequences of climate change. 

That's what reported a Globe and Mail article, Thursday. According to information from the daily, the National Capital Commission (NCC), which manages 10% of the lands of the national capital, 1,600 properties and several federal buildings, finds itself in an “almost critical” situation.

The NCC predicts that weather damage to properties “will increase exponentially,” as will citizen complaints. Financially, the consequences are already being felt for the Crown corporation.

In a report it has just published on the risks of climate change, the NCC notes several problematic elements.< /p>

“We have identified 124 climate-related risks that the NCC must take into account to improve its resilience to climate change,” the Crown corporation said in a statement. These risks include hotter and wetter summers, short-duration and high-intensity precipitation events, and extreme events such as ice storms and freezing rain. A total of 49% of risks require immediate action.”

Heat and dry spells cause company-operated roads and bridges to deteriorate more rapidly, halving the life of infrastructure. This also has the effect of promoting the proliferation of algae which clogs the water pumps. In addition, intense rains are already causing flooding that is eroding shorelines.

Also according to Globe and Mail, NCC parks are still recovering from repeated flooding in 2017 and 2019 Damage costs were in the tens of millions of dollars.